Loading
The Oregon Administrative Rules contain OARs filed through November 15, 2016
 
QUESTIONS ABOUT THE CONTENT OR MEANING OF THIS AGENCY'S RULES?
CLICK HERE TO ACCESS RULES COORDINATOR CONTACT INFORMATION

 

BOARD OF LICENSED PROFESSIONAL COUNSELORS AND THERAPISTS

 

DIVISION 20

APPLICATION METHODS

833-020-0011

Applications

(1) Application for licensure as a professional counselor and marriage and family therapist must be submitted to the Board and be on forms provided by the Board.

(2) Application for licensure must include gender, date of birth, social security number, practice and residence addresses, email address, similar licenses held in other states, and history of professional discipline, litigation, and criminal involvement and be accompanied by:

(a) The non-refundable application fee;

(b) Official transcript sent directly to the Board from the college or university and supporting documentation as necessary showing education requirements have been met;

(c) Documentation to prove experience requirements have been met or request for registration as an intern with a proposed plan to obtain required experience;

(d) Verification that approved examination has been passed, or state examination is being requested;

(e) Proposed professional disclosure statement for review and approval;

(f) Criminal history information as specified in OAR 833-120-0021; and

(g) Other clarifying information requested by the Board.

(3) Applicants will be allowed one year from Board receipt of an application to file a completed application which documents that the applicant meets the educational and experience qualifications for licensure.

(4) Failure to withdraw the application or complete the process within the allowed time will result in closure of the file. An incomplete application includes but is not limited to an application in which:

(a) Required information or original signatures are not provided;

(b) Required forms are not submitted; or

(c) No fee or an insufficient fee is received.

(5) The Board retains the right to extend the one year period to complete application for good cause.

(6) Applicants who submit complete documentation but are not approved for registration, examination, or licensure will be notified in writing that the application is being denied and state the reason(s) for denial.

(7) To be reconsidered for licensure, applicants who failed to become licensed, who were refused licensure, who withdrew from consideration, or interns who have allowed their registration to expire will be required to file a new application, fee, and resubmit all documentation necessary to meet the standards for licensure in effect at the time of reapplication. Applicants reapplying must fulfill any deficiencies that are the result of changes to requirements that may have been implemented between former and current application.

(8) An applicant must notify the Board immediately, but not less than within 30 days, if any information submitted on the application changes, including but not limited to: name, address, email address, telephone number, complaints, disciplinary actions, litigation, criminal involvement, and employment investigations which results in disciplinary action. Failure to do so may be grounds for denial of the application or revocation of the license, once issued.

Stat. Auth.: ORS 675.785 - 675.835 & 676.160 - 676.180
Stats. Implemented: ORS 675.785 - 675.835
Hist.: BLPCT 1-2010, f. & cert. ef. 1-5-10; BLPCT 1-2011, f. 1-13-11, cert. ef. 2-1-11; BLPCT 4-2016, f. & cert. ef. 10-10-16

833-020-0021

Methods of Application

(1) Applications for licensure must indicate one of the following:

(a) Intern registration method pursuant to OAR 833 Division 50;

(b) Direct method pursuant to OAR 833-020-0041;

(c) Reciprocity method pursuant to OAR 833-020-0051;

(d) Re-licensure method pursuant to OAR 833-020-0061; or

(e) Reapplication method pursuant to OAR 833-020-0071.

(2) Applicants may request permission to change their method of application or license requested without re-application if they do so within the year allowed to complete application.

Stat. Auth.: ORS 675.785 - 675.835 & 676.160 - 676.180
Stats. Implemented: ORS 675.785 - 675.835
Hist.: BLPCT 1-2010, f. & cert. ef. 1-5-10; BLPCT 1-2012, f. 4-23-12, cert. ef. 5-15-12; BLPCT 4-2016, f. & cert. ef. 10-10-16

833-020-0041

Direct Method

(1) The direct method is required for applicants who seek acceptance of supervised clinical experience completed in another jurisdiction or in Oregon before June 30, 2002.

(2) The direct method requires the applicant to document no less than the total minimum number of supervised clinical experience hours required for licensure, all of which must have been completed prior to the date of application for licensure.

(3) Applicants seeking licensure as a professional counselor must meet the requirements specified in OAR 833, division 30.

(4) Applicants seeking licensure as a marriage and family therapist must meet the requirements specified in OAR 833, division 40.

Stat. Auth.: ORS 675.785 - 675.835 & 676.160 - 676.180
Stats. Implemented: ORS 675.785 - 675.835
Hist.: BLPCT 1-2010, f. & cert. ef. 1-5-10; BLPCT 3-2010, f. 4-30-10, cert. ef. 5-3-10; BLPCT 4-2016, f. & cert. ef. 10-10-16

833-020-0051

Reciprocity Method

(1) The reciprocity method is for applicants who seek acceptance of education and supervised clinical experience previously used to obtain a comparable license in another jurisdiction. The reciprocity method requires the applicant to document that the education and experience requirements under which the applicant obtained a comparable license held in another state are equivalent to the standards required for Oregon licensure as a professional counselor or as a marriage and family therapist.

(2) Applicants for licensure by reciprocity must possess a current, active license to practice professional counseling or marriage and family therapy issued by another state credentialing entity. The Board will compare the minimum standards in effect in the other jurisdiction when it granted a license with the current education, clinical experience, and examination standards required for Oregon licensure.

(3) Application for licensure must be submitted to the Board office in accordance with OAR 833-020-0011.

(4) The application must also include an official verification of each healthcare professional license, registration or certification held, sent directly from the credentialing entity, that includes:

(a) The license type and current status in that state;

(b) Verification that the license is not temporary, probationary, expired, revoked, or suspended;

(c) Any history of adverse licensure action (disciplines), including proposed actions; and

(d) Documentation of the education, clinical experience, and examination requirements for licensure in that state at the time licensure was granted (if applicable).

(5) To be considered equivalent, the applicant’s license in the state upon which reciprocity is based must have:

(a) Required at least a graduate degree in counseling, a graduate degree in marriage and family therapy, or a related degree. A related degree must have systemic coursework for a license as a marriage and family therapist;

(b) Been issued to an applicant whose qualifying degree meets the educational requirements specified in:

(A) OAR 833-030-0011 for licensure as a professional counselor; or

(B) OAR 833-040-0011 for licensure as a marriage and family therapist.

(c) Required passage of a state or national competency exam; and

(d) Been obtained by a method of application that involved state review of documentation of education and clinical experience under adopted standards, and not obtained through reciprocity; act of portability; mutual recognition; recognition of non-governmental, professional certification or membership; waiver of any of the education, experience, or examination requirements; or "grandparenting".

(6) The applicant must meet the supervised clinical experience requirements specified in:

(a) OAR 833-030-0021 for licensure as a professional counselor; or

(b) OAR 833-040-0021 for licensure as a marriage and family therapist.

(7) The applicant must meet the examination requirements specified in:

(a) OAR 833-020-0081 and 833-030-0041 for licensure as a professional counselor; or

(b) OAR 833-020-0081 and 833-040-0041 for licensure as a marriage and family therapist.

Stat. Auth.: ORS 675.785 - 675.835 & 676.160 - 676.180
Stats. Implemented: ORS 675.785 - 675.835
Hist.: BLPCT 1-2010, f. & cert. ef. 1-5-10; BLPCT 3-2010, f. 4-30-10, cert. ef. 5-3-10; BLPCT 1-2011, f. 1-13-11, cert. ef. 2-1-11; BLPCT 1-2013, f. 1-11-13, cert. ef. 2-1-13; BLPCT 1-2014, f. & cert. ef. 1-8-14; BLPCT 4-2016, f. & cert. ef. 10-10-16

833-020-0061

Re-Licensure Method

(1) The re-licensure method is required for applicants who have previously been licensed by the Board. The re-licensure method requires the applicant, as a previous Board licensee, to request a new license with a new license number, but without documenting further supervised clinical experience.

(2) To be considered for re-licensure, all of the following items must be received from an applicant no more than two years from the expiration date of the prior license:

(a) An application for re-licensure, using forms provided by the Board that must include a sworn statement that there is no reason for denial, including that applicant:

(A) Has not been subject to any disciplinary action by a professional mental health licensing or certification agency; and

(B) Has not been convicted of a crime related to practice within the mental health field.

(b) The current application fee plus one current annual renewal fee;

(c) Updated professional disclosure statement, statement that the applicant is not currently practicing professional counseling or marriage and family therapy, or request for waiver of the professional disclosure statement; and

(d) Report at least the minimum continuing education activities required in OAR Chapter 833, Division 80 completed within two years prior to the date the Board will receive the new application.

(3) To be considered for re-licensure more than two years after the expiration date of the prior license, all of the following items must be received from an applicant:

(a) A new application, using forms provided by the Board, to show compliance with the standards in effect at the time the Board will receive this new application;

(b) The application fee;

(c) Proposed professional disclosure statement, statement that applicant is not currently practicing professional counseling or marriage and family therapy, or request for waiver of the professional disclosure statement; and

(d) Request for examination or proof of passage of a competency examination acceptable to the Board which was passed within 10 years of date of new application.

(4) All applicants for re-licensure must successfully pass the current Oregon law and rules examination.

Stat. Auth.: ORS 675.785 - 675.835 & 676.160 - 676.180
Stats. Implemented: ORS 675.785 - 675.835
Hist.: BLPCT 1-2010, f. & cert. ef. 1-5-10; BLPCT 3-2010, f. 4-30-10, cert. ef. 5-3-10; BLPCT 4-2016, f. & cert. ef. 10-10-16

833-020-0071

Reapplication

(1) Former applicants who reapply for licensure must submit a new, fully completed application form and application fee to the Board.

(2) Applicants may request to transfer previously filed documents to the new application file if the documents have not been destroyed under state records retention schedules and are still in the possession of the Board. Such documents include, but are not limited to, documentation of supervised work experience, examination results, and transcripts.

Stat. Auth.: ORS 675.785 - 675.835 & 676.160 - 676.180
Stats. Implemented: ORS 675.785 - 675.835
Hist.: BLPCT 1-2010, f. & cert. ef. 1-5-10; BLPCT 4-2016, f. & cert. ef. 10-10-16

833-020-0081

Examination

(1) All applicants must pass a competency exam and an Oregon law and rules exam approved by the Board.

(2) Applicants who have passed the competency exam within 10 years prior to applying for licensure are not required to retake the exam.

(3) Applicants applying by the reciprocity method who have passed the exam 10 years or more prior to applying for licensure in Oregon must:

(a) Retake the exam; or

(b) Document a minimum of 40 clock hours of continuing education in the core curriculum areas specified in OAR 833, division 60. Continuing education that substitutes for passage of the exam must be completed within two years prior to licensure.

(4) For all application methods except for intern registration, failure to document passage of an acceptable competency examination or failure to register and attempt to pass the competency examination at least once per year will result in denial of licensure.

(5) Registered interns, after meeting the experience requirements for licensure, must register and attempt to pass the competency examination at least once per year, and must pass the competency exam within two years. Failure to comply with this rule will result in denial of licensure and termination of internship registration. The Board will only approve a subsequent reapplication under the direct method.

(6) Failure to achieve a passing score on the competency examination after taking the exam three times will result in denial of licensure. The Board will not review a reapplication until at least one year has elapsed from the date of the previous denial.

(7) Applicants must complete and return the Oregon law and rules examination within 30 days of the date the Board sends the examination to the applicant. Failure to complete and return the examination to the Board office will result in closure of the application. To be considered for licensure, the person must reapply pursuant to OAR 833-020-0071.

(8) The Board may extend the deadline to take an exam for good cause upon written request of the applicant, which must be received or postmarked prior to the exam deadline.

Stat. Auth.: ORS 675.785 - 675.835 & 676.160 - 676.180
Stats. Implemented: ORS 675.785 - 675.835
Hist.: BLPCT 1-2010, f. & cert. ef. 1-5-10; BLPCT 6-2010, f. 12-13-10, cert. ef. 1-1-11; BLPCT 1-2013, f. 1-11-13, cert. ef. 2-1-13; BLPCT 4-2016, f. & cert. ef. 10-10-16

The official copy of an Oregon Administrative Rule is contained in the Administrative Order filed at the Archives Division, 800 Summer St. NE, Salem, Oregon 97310. Any discrepancies with the published version are satisfied in favor of the Administrative Order. The Oregon Administrative Rules and the Oregon Bulletin are copyrighted by the Oregon Secretary of State. Terms and Conditions of Use